Claiming the promise “All things work together for good for them that love the Lord” (Romans 8:28) requires us to have faith in what we do not see. Often we make general statements proclaiming how strong our faith is. But when the tide comes it really does test and reveal our faith. In my experience tides have come and I honestly have felt like I can’t hear God, not that I doubt His existence I just feel as if I can’t hear Him in that moment. What comforts me is looking at the life of Job, when Job lost His family, health and possessions God didn’t show up and say “Hey Job, everything will be alright soon I’m just showing Satan something”. God did not explain Himself, He instead said nothing at first but when the time was right He said things like “Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this” (Job 38:18 NKJV).
The manner in which God communicated with Job taught me a couple of things. Firstly, God does not answer many of our why questions not because He isn’t fair but because He requires us to trust His judgement on what is best for our lives. It also made me realise that many times in our lives we want an answer from God straight away, which shows how impatient we can be. God reveals Himself when the time is right, He is never “late” so we need not worry. Lastly I learnt that even when we feel as if God is being silent we need to trust Him. If we look back at our lives we can literally see God working in different situations. So when we are at a place where we can feel as if God is silent let us not forget where we have come from. He’s still there and He has not changed.
Let us cling to and believe the promises that God has given us; all things WILL work together for good for us who love the Lord. He’s not willing that any of us should perish (2 Peter 3:9). He is working in our favour and has our best interests at heart, lets trust Him.